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High school senior builds website to help local nonprofit

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Posted at 6:11 AM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 12:41:12-05

CINCINNATI — A student at Ursuline Academy made a website to sell fair-trade items and goods from a local nonprofit that helps people across the globe.

Usually around this time of year, the nonprofit Ten Thousand Villages would be selling items at Ursuline's Annual Christmas Fair Trade Boutique. However, the pandemic had other plans.

In place of the boutique, Ursuline senior Lindsey Person built a website in her spare time to help the nonprofit and to help people who need to finish their holiday shopping.

"As a nonprofit, a small business retail store in this time, anything is so helpful," Desiree Johnson, the manager of Ten Thousand Villages, said.

"It’s a super easy way for students to purchase fair-trade goods for their friends and family for Christmas," Person said.

The site sells a variety of items like baskets woven from recycled materials by women who have escaped sex trafficking, and earrings made from bullet casings pulled from the ground of Cambodia.

"The kindness displayed by Lindsey and the students is, just, it’s exciting for us because this is the future of the people that are going to carry on this work," Johnson said. "They’re so connected to what’s happening in the world and they care and it makes you feel really good about the future."

Click here if you would like to purchase an item from the site Person created for Ten Thousand Villages.